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BA/MA Dissertation bursary

The SSLH BA/Masters Dissertation Bursary is designed to support archival and library research that will contribute to a dissertation on a labour history topic up to a maximum of £500.

If successful, you will be expected to join the SSLH – the cost of doing so will be included in your bursary. Student membership of the SSLH costs £15.90. Details on how to join can be found here:

You must be a registered student at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Bursary holders must either be in the final year of an undergraduate degree or undertaking a taught Masters degree.

Past Bursary Recipients

James Squires (BA History, Sheffield Hallam University)
James embarked upon a two-day research trip to London, visiting both the National Archives and the Marx Memorial Library. His research focuses on the relationship between the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) throughout the 1920s.

Dan Horne (BA History, Northumbria University)
Dan travelled to the People’s History Museum in Manchester and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, in order to conduct in-depth primary research for his undergraduate dissertation: ‘The British Left and the Victims of Fascism, 1933-1936’.

Oliver Cooper (MA History, University of Sheffield)
Oliver travelled to the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick for holdings relating to the 1926 General Strike, including materials from the archive of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The title of his MA thesis is ‘Towards a Semantic History of the 1926 UK General Strike’.

Marie Mrvova (MA History, University of Huddersfield)
Marie travelled to the Czech Republic in order to conduct oral history interviews for her research on women political prisoners and prison culture in Czechoslovakia, 1948–1968. This work will retell the stories of seven women (including Marie’s great-grandmother) using various materials, such as memoirs, biographies, archival materials, personal letters and oral testimonies.

Matthew Thomas (BA History, University of Sunderland)
Matthew Thomas recently visited Norfolk Record Office to consult archive material on the Burston School Strike, the longest strike in British history.

Chloe Corrigan (BA History, Northumbria University)
Chloe Corrigan reports on a recent trip to National Co-operative Archives in Manchester
me to carry out research for her undergraduate dissertation: ‘More than just the ‘fuddy-duddy Co-op’?: An analysis of the British Co-operative Movement in the 1960s.’

See more past BA/MA bursary recipients here.

On presentation of final receipts you will also be expected to provide the Society with a 250-350 word report on the activities supported by this bursary, detailing how this will contribute to your dissertation research. This report will be published on the Society’s website – please read the guidance notes at the end of this form. Full payment of the bursary will not be made until this short report and receipts have been submitted and accepted. The report may have to be revised if not considered sufficiently detailed before any funds can be released.

You are also asked to acknowledge the financial support of the SSLH in your dissertation.

Further information can be found in the application form.